Governance

Since 1978, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation has served as the City’s economic driver, designing and implementing innovative solutions that catalyze investment, create jobs and advance the economy of the City of Detroit through public and private sector collaborations. The DEGC is Detroit’s one-stop shop for both emerging and expanding businesses, and is committed to inclusive economic development.

The DEGC is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit economic development corporation governed by a Board of Directors consisting of civic leaders, corporate executives, government officials and other stakeholders. Detroit Economic Growth Association (DEGA) is a 501(c)(3) agency supporting DEGC’s economic development portfolio through receiving private contributions.

DEGA Members

Mike Aaron, Laborer’s Union 1191

Marvin Beatty, Greektown Casino

John Blanchard, General Motors

Matt Cullen, Rock Ventures

Eva Garza Dewaelsche, SER Metro

Lydia Gutierrez, Hacienda Mexican Foods

Kenneth L. Harris, National Business League

George W. Jackson, Jr. (Emeritus)

Marshall S. Kleven, Fifth Third Bank

Eric Larson, Downtown Detroit Partnership

Thomas Lewand, Jr., Shinola

Rachel Lutz, Peacock Room

Mike MacLauchlan, Ilitch Holdings

Conrad Mallett, Detroit Medical Center

Dave Meador, DTE Energy

Darrel Middleton, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Reuben Munday, Lewis & Munday

Jerry Norcia, DTE Energy (Chair)

Cynthia Pasky, Strategic Staffing Solutions

Andra Rush, Rush Group Family of Companies

Nicole Sherard-Freeman, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Ronald Stallworth, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Tony Stovall, Hot Sams

Terence Thomas, Sr., Thomas Group Consulting

Michael Tyson, Michael R. Tyson & Associates

Jim Vella, Ford Motor Company Community Fund

Linzie Venegas, The Ideal Group

Lalit Verma, Sakthi Automotive Group

Steven White, Energy Infrastructure Solutions

Jacci Woods, Motor City Casino

Donna Zalewski, ITC Holdings Corp

Ex Officio Directors

Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit

Kevin Johnson, President and CEO

Brenda Jones, President, Detroit City Council

Tom Lewand, Sr., City of Detroit Appointee

DEGC Members

Mike Aaron, Laborer’s Union 1191

April Anderson, Good Cakes and Bakes

Marvin Beatty, Greektown Casino

John Blanchard, General Motors

David Blaszkiewicz, Invest Detroit

Kofi Bonner, Bedrock

Eva Garza Dewaelsche, SER Metro

Kenneth L. Harris, National Business League

Dimitrius Hutcherson, First Independence Bank

George W. Jackson, Jr. (Emeritus)

Marshal S. Kleven, Fifth Third Bank

Eric Larson, Downtown Detroit Partnership

Thomas Lewand, Jr., Shinola

Rachel Lutz, Peacock Room

Conrad L. Mallett, Jr., City of Detroit (Chair)

Darrell Middleton, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Mike MacLauchlan, Ilitch Holdings

Dave Meador, DTE Energy

Cynthia Pasky, Strategic Staffing Solutions

Andra Rush, Rush Group Family of Companies

Nicole Sherard-Freeman, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation

Ronald Stallworth, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Tony Stovall, Hot Sam’s Detroit

Terence Thomas, Sr., Thomas Group Consulting

Gary Torgow, TCF Financial Corporation

Michael Tyson, Michael R. Tyson & Associates

Jim Vella, Vella Strategic Philanthropy

Steven White, Energy Infrastructure Solutions

Jacci Woods, Motor City Casino

Donna Zalewski, ITC Holdings Corp

Ex Officio Directors

Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit

Kevin Johnson, President and CEO

Brenda Jones, President, Detroit City Council

Nick Khouri, City of Detroit Appointee

* indicates individual is also on the DEGC Executive Committee